The Government has announced that 13 public sector universities across Pakistan will be turned into ‘Smart Campuses’ by the end of this year.
The smart campus program will allow free Wi-Fi access to the students, faculty and researchers across the varsities. In order to keep a check on the access, monitoring system will be installed to manage the networks.
The Smart campus program was initially planned last year in the Public Sector Development Programme for fiscal year 2015-16. It consists of 94 public sector varsities.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has already installed the system at the Khyber Medical University in Peshawar, the Sindh Madrassatul Islam University and Jinnah Sindh Medical University in Karachi, IBA Sukkur, Women University in Multan and the Bahria University in Islamabad. Moreover, the system has also been installed at the HEC offices across Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.
The next phase will see to the conversion of, the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Islamabad, University of Haripur in Haripur, Islamia University in Bahawalpur, Karakorum International University in Gilgit, University of Gujrat in Gujrat, Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Sciences and Technology in Nawabshah and the BUITM in Quetta, into smart campuses.
After the successful completion of this project, the government is also aiming towards a ‘Safe Campus’ program. In this project, HD Cameras and intelligent video analysis systems will be installed at the entry and exit points, parking lots, and other corridors for security.